WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – President Donald Trump added 20 additional names to his list of Supreme Court candidates on Wednesday to choose from in the event of future vacancies.
Trump also urged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to do the same.
“Aside from war and peace issues, the appointment of a Supreme Court is the most important decision an American president can make,” said Trump. “For this reason, presidential candidates owe the American people a specific list of people to consider for the United States Supreme Court.”
Most of the names on the new list are judges Trump has already appointed to lower federal courts.
The following names have been added to the list:
- Bridget Bade of Arizona, United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit
- Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General
- U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)
- Paul Clement, Former United States Attorney General
- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
- Stuart Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Steven Engel, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, US Department of Justice
- Noel Francisco, Former United States Attorney General
- U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri)
- James Ho, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Gregory Katsas, District of Columbia Circuit Circuit Judge in the United States Court of Appeals.
- Barbara Lagoa, United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
- Christopher Landau, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Mexican States
- Carlos Muñiz, Florida Supreme Court Justice
- Martha Pacold, United States District Court Justice for the Northern District of Illinois
- Peter Phipps, United States Court of Appeals Justice for the Third Circuit
- Sarah Pitlyk, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Allison Jones Rushing, United States Court of Appeals Justice for the fourth circuit
- Kate Todd, Assistant Assistant to the President and Assistant Advisor to the President
- Lawrence VanDyke, Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
“The President is very pleased to announce who he would nominate for the Supreme Court,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said before the announcement. She said Trump “wants constitutional judges, he wants textualists who believe that the words of a statute are actually what they are and not subject to interpretation.”
The move to publish a list is a repetition of a successful strategy Trump used during his 2016 campaign. Four years ago, he took the unprecedented move of announcing potential Supreme Court candidates in order to attract Conservatives and Evangelicals who were not delighted with his personal shortcomings but who came to his candidacy based on his promises of judicial appointments.
Trump had previously said on Twitter that the announcement of a new list would come by September 1 and that it “could include some or many of those already on the list”.
Biden has also said he was working on a list of potential candidates, but the campaign has given no indication that any names will be released before the November election and that would give Trump and the Republicans the goal of getting Biden into the defense . Any vacancy would give the president an opportunity to shape the future of the powerful court currently split between 5 and 4 between Conservatives and Liberals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report